Flu Season in Full Swing in Wisconsin

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

The influenza outbreak this year is in full swing, and the bug has finally made its way to Wisconsin. Health officials say this year's bug is a bit different than the past, and more of you may want to take a precaution.

One strain of influenza doctors are seeing more of is the H1N1 virus, and it is hitting more people. More commonly known as 'swine flu', H1N1 first reared its head in 2009, when the World Health Organization called it a 'pandemic'.

Now, swine flue is not as scary as it seemed a few years ago, but it is still important to protect yourself from getting sick.

"I wouldn't say people need to worry more about H1N1," said epidemiologist, Ruth Marx, "the only thing that we see with H1N1 is that it does seem to hit the 18-64 populations harder than the very young or the elderly."

The H1N1 strain is in this year's vaccine, and it is not too late to get vaccinated.

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